Partners and Project Leads
Overview and History
The Whitmore Pool is located adjacent to the ball fields on Benton Crossing Road. The facility includes a six-lane 25-meter pool, children’s wading pool, restrooms, hot showers, lawn area, shade structure and vending machines. The pool is open from mid-May through early September and the facilities are available for private use by reservation. American Red Cross-certified personnel staff the pool. Use of the larger pool may be near capacity during the warmer months of the year. In May and June, the pool is used for lap swim in the morning and by the swim team at other times of day. The pool is used for its full summer session of public swimming in July and August, with continued use by the swim team as well.
The 2008 draft of the “Parks and Recreation Master Plan” says there is the potential for an outdoor pool and an indoor pool built by 2025. The indoor pool would be up to 12,052 square feet. Recreation Facilities Planning Priorities Grid (created by Recreation Commission) says it is feasible, with built-in programs, and anywhere between short and long-term project. It is mentioned in the RECSTRATS, Parks & Recreation Master Plan and the CIP current plan. The Recreation Facilities Planning Scoring Matrix (6/18/13) says this could be indoor or outdoor, is a public safety priority and would enhance the quality of life.
Context/History & Current Status
The Aquatic Center ad hoc committee met for the first time September 20, 2016, to discuss the current options and steps to take the project forward. The ad hoc committee was comprised of representatives from the swim team, MLR, Snowcreek, Town, and invested locals.
- Preliminary conversations with Snowcreek Athletic Club are currently part of the ad hoc committee. See Location Options below for more information.
- Partner with Mammoth Lakes Tourism to market Aquatic Center as visitor attraction & high altitude training destination.
- Work with school district to develop and enhance swim programs
Vision for the Facility
Recreation Commission Staff Report from Aug. 5, 2014, says the Town and the consultant (Verde Design) recommend the Aquatic Center be integrated on the same site as a Recreation/Community Center. The Recreation/Community & Aquatic Center Workshop (May 22, 2014) states that a 50m pool is necessary in order to attract professional athletes, colleges and pro-teams. The 50m pool would include a diving board, deep water and eight lanes. The report also includes adding a leisure pool and warm water therapy pool, which can be combined.
The objectives of an enhanced Aquatics Center are:
- Provide year-round swimming to Mammoth Lakes residents
- Aquatic Center located close convenient to residents and visitors
- Provide Attractive swim opportunities for visitors to Mammoth Lakes
- Provide venue where Kids and non-swimmers become water-safe
- Build the most cost effective aquatic facility to preserve funds
- Aquatic Facility that minimizes operating costs burdening Measure R & U funds
- Energy efficient Facility that minimizes utility costs
- Mammoth Creek Park:Plan Your Parks (Aug. 6, 2014) presentation says that some constituents envision an aquatic center here. Three of six groups preferred the Aquatic Center here, as it is central to the community, with a good capacity for parking, access to trails and public transit.
- Snowcreek Athletic Clubcollaboration on the aquatic center would allow for the creation of a joint powers agreement. Utilize existing infrastructure at Snowcreek would avoid costly duplication of several needed amenities (parking, entry and check-in, towel service, locker rooms, showers, steam rooms, whirlpools, boilers, plumbing, etc.).
The Recreation Commission Staff Report (10/08/2013) says that capital outlay to upgrade the existing facility in Whitmore would cost $348,000. For a combination of upgrade and major maintenance projects. The CIP list in the staff report presented to the Town Council dated July 1, 2015, is superseded by the “Parks Major Maintenance and Capital Improvements” spreadsheet. The Recreation Commission engages in an annual prioritization process and recommendations for budget allocations for these projects. Operations and maintenance costs need to be included in the project.
It is important to identify the best opportunity to minimize operating costs burdening Measure R & U funds. The newly built aquatic center would need an energy efficient design to minimize utility costs.
There is a need to scope the parameters of the project which will determine costs and the ability to identify potential funding streams. Solicit Corporate Sponsorship of Aquatic Facility.
Timeline & Next Steps
- Develop working public / private partnerships to achieve letter and spirit of Measure U & R compliance
- Conduct site survey and identify initial design concept including 25 / 50 meter options, diving, kiddy-pool, etc.
- Develop construction budget, operating budget and financing plan
- Complete any required environmental work and town permits
- TOML Public Works to take lead in construction
- Work with stakeholders (interested individuals, MLR, TOML recreation, swim teams, coaches, etc.) to publicize and fund-raise and develop scheduling / programming